Jackson Out of Bengals Game Due to Knee Issues

Baltimore Ravens quarterback Lamar Jackson in 2018
Baltimore Ravens quarterback Lamar Jackson in 2018. Photo by John Mersits/CSM/REX/Shutterstock (9795810bd)

The Baltimore Ravens quarterback Lamar Jackson revealed on Thursday that he will not be available for his team’s wild-card game against the Cincinnati Bengals on Sunday night.

Jackson indicated in a Twitter post that his injury concern with his left knee appears to be more serious than what he originally believed, having suffered a PCL grade 2 sprain on the borderline of a strain 3.

“There is still inflammation surrounding my knee and my knee remains unstable,” Jackson’s post read. “I wish I could be out there with my guys more than anything, but I can’t give a 100% of myself to my guys and fans. I’m still hopeful we have a chance.”

Jackson sprained his left knee on December 4. While initially described as a “day to day” injury, the quarterback has not returned to the field since and was walking with a limp until last week.

Currently finishing his fifth year of his rookie contract, Jackson is due to become an unrestricted free agent if the team does not either reach an extension with him by March or use a franchise tag.